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Rumors can become tumors

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Well, I hate to say this, but today I saw a Christian brother, who’s not married, do something no Christian man should ever be caught doing.
He went inside one of those swanky lingerie places.

Of course, I don’t want to gossip or spread any tales, but I thought you should know so you can pray for him.

His name is…

Sound familiar? 

Think how fast a rumor like that could spread, all under the guise of a “prayer request”.

But what if the guy had a legitimate reason for being there? 

Or say someone calls their pastor at 8:30 in the morning, desperately needing to talk with him, and his wife tells them he’s still in bed.

They hang up in a huff saying, “Must be nice to have such easy hours.” Then, they post the story on Facebook asking everyone to pray for their pastor; he needs a fresh anointing, and a new commitment to ministry.

What they don’t know is why he was still in bed. He’d been up all night at the hospital with a church family (happened to me one time).

Rumors have a way of becoming tumors. Gossip can do to relationships and reputations the same thing cancer can do to a body.

Destroy it.

Rumors can kill (emotionally, anyway) people, even if the people are innocent.

And God’s little helpers think they’re doing Him and everyone a favor by sharing such information. After all, people need to know the facts if they’re to pray accurately.

Right?

Wrong!

If God knows all and sees all, isn’t that enough? Wouldn’t it be better to say, “Lord, we pray for so and so. We ask for Your protection upon his spirit, soul, and body. We pray what the Apostle Paul prayed for the Thessalonians; that their whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:23).”

No gossip, no rumors, and no cancer.

Check out God’s opinion of rumors:

“There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” (Proverbs 6:16 – 6:19 NLT)

False witnesses (liars) AND those who sow discord…strife or contention. They’re in the same group as the proud and the murderers.

Spreading malicious tales, even if true, is not the way of God’s Kingdom. 

Paul said, “Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer…” (2 Timothy 2:16 – 2:17 NLT)

Rumors, even when proven false, can do tremendous damage; like I said, rumors can become tumors.

“Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.” (Proverbs 18:8 NLT)

If you feel you’ve got something vital to say, first think about what Paul told the Philippians.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

Is it true? Yes? Well, is it honorable? Does that bit of information build someone up, or tear them down?

“But I saw them do something terrible!”

Then talk with THEM about it.

Praise in public. Discipline in private.

Just remember: would YOU want others to give you the benefit of the doubt? Would YOU rather have someone talk with you in private if there’s something bothering them?

Go and do likewise.

Let’s cut the cancer out of the body BEFORE it has a chance to spread.

God’s Little Helpers

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Isn’t it cute to see a little girl help her mom in the kitchen? I smile whenever I see a mother in the grocery store, pushing her shopping cart, with her son or daughter pushing a miniature cart right alongside her.

Mommy’s little helper.

Or how about the dad, mowing the lawn, with his little boy pushing a plastic lawn mower right beside him. 

Daddy’s little helper.

Kids naturally imitate their parents; their actions, manners, beliefs, and vocabulary. It’s the way they are wired to learn. Imitation, hands on, practice. Long before kids learn to read, they learn important things that will stay with them all their lives.

“THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].” (Ephesians 5:1 AMP)

Everyone is wired to learn and grow, developing physically, mentally, and spiritually through imitating others; especially parents, elders, and GOD.  So doesn’t it make you wonder why people act like they do?

Especially GOD’S little helpers?

Have you ever met people, people who really “love the Lord” (just ask them), who are so committed to helping God straighten out everyone else’s life?  People who don’t gossip, because that’s a sin, but tell all they know about so and so in the form of a prayer request. “I’m not supposed to say this, BUT…”

I’ve known well-meaning Christians who feel it’s their duty to point out the flaws of their pastor; over and over, to anyone who’ll listen. Telephone warriors, Facebook wrestlers; defenders of righteousness! After all, people need to be accountable, don’t they?

Who really are they imitating?

There are little “helpers” who believe their calling in life is such a holy calling, and so unique to them, people don’t understand them. They are convinced God has given them the gift of “Discernment”.  I think “the gift of judging” is more accurate. 

God’s spiritual gift of “Discerning of Spirits” is a gift that enables the recipient to see, as God wills, the spirit realm; the underlying spirit operating in different situations, behind the scenes. To see the “motivating” spirit.

Too bad they DON’T have THAT gift. It might help them see which spirit is pushing them around, making a mess in other people’s lives.

We had a guy visit our church one time who was one of “God’s little helpers”, according to him. He shared  the information about his “calling” with me following our morning worship service. We had, in the back of our church, little books covering different subjects that were made available to people free of charge; books that could help them grow in their faith. 

God’s “helper” began to tell me how wrong it was to have the books, those “poisonous books” as he called them. I disagreed with him, but he kept on and on, explaining how God had given him a ministry of “straightening pastors out.”

Well, it didn’t help. And he never came back.

I’ve known other “helpers” who have such a sharp tongue, one carefully placed word from them can cut the deepest of wounds. They say they’re concerned, believe they’re compassionate, but their actions do not conform to, or agree with, God’s character.

Really! 

You see, God is a very present help in time of need. 

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV) 

God’s little helpers are people who IMITATE Daddy’s attitudes and actions. They are available to HELP, not hinder; HEAL, not hurt. 

They love what He love’s, and hate what He hates!

God’s little helpers think like Daddy, walk like Daddy,  dress like Daddy, and act like Daddy. Their mind is renewed by Daddy’s Word, they walk in Daddy’s love, wear Daddy’s armor, and humbly represent Daddy’s family business.

God’s little helpers imitate God. 

Who are YOU imitating?

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